Subway cabin, carriage mock-up to be displayed in Ho Chi Minh City

The Ho Chi Minh City railway authorities will display the train cabin and passenger carriage model for the city’s first metro line project to pool public comments as from early March. Bui Xuan Cuong, head of the Urban Railway Management Board, the project’s investor, said that the agency will put the cabin and wagon simulator, which has been delivered to Vietnam from Japan, on display in District 9 for three months starting March. The display is aimed at collecting comments from viewers on the design, appearance, colors, and other features of the cabin and carriage belonging to the Ben Thanh-Suoi Tien metro line, the first of its kind in Ho Chi Minh City, Cuong said. The mock-up is part of bid package No. 3 of the metro line project, carried out by Japanese contractor Hitachi to procure electromechanical equipment, the cabin and wagons, the metro rail, and maintenance worth 39.4 billion Japanese yen (US$332.2 million). Inside the metro cabin simulator. Photo: … [Read more...]

Young Vietnamese, tourists take up riding tandem bikes

Apart from tourists who pamper themselves with tandem bike rides around scenic spots, young Vietnamese, particularly students, have been keen on the sport in recent years. Tandem bikes are readily available for rent at many tourist spots nationwide, especially coastal towns, such as Vung Tau in Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province in the south, and Quy Nhon in Binh Dinh Province and Da Nang in the central region. Da Lat, in the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong, and Nha Trang in the south-central province of Khanh Hoa are among the localities with booming tandem bike rental services. Tourists, including foreigners, can easily rent such bikes for VND10,000-20,000 (US$0.47- $0.93) per hour. The sight of foreign couples or parents and kids enjoying themselves on tandem bikes is now quite common at such tourist attractions across Vietnam. A foreigner is seen partaking in a tandem bike race held in Nha Trang City in the south-central province of Khanh Hoa in April 2013 in this Tuoi … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 27/1

HCMC opens photo exhibition on wild birds Sarus Crane photos are made by photographer Tang A Pau. (Source: WAR) Wildlife at Risk (WAR) and the Youth Cultural House of Ho Chi Minh City opened a photo exhibition under title "Wild birds in mating season" at HCMC Youth Cultural House on January 24. Over 130 photos sized of 40X60cm, which were made by photographer Tang A Pau. Through images, the author wants not only to show the beauties and unique characteristics of each kind of birds in Vietnam’s forests but also call everyone to take action in protecting wild birds and nature in Vietnam. The highlight of the exhibition is a collection of Sarus Crane photos. According to the IUCN Red List of threatened species, Sarus Crane is a kind of endangered bird whose life is threatened. The exhibition has been opened at HCMC Youth Cultural House from 8am to 8pm every day in January 24- 28. Researcher to speak on late writer Son Nam French researcher Pascal Bourdeaux from the Academy … [Read more...]

Vietnam tourist attractions open for free, offer diverse activities during Tet

A number of relics in Hanoi, Hue, and Hoi An Ancient Town will be open to tourists for free during Tet (Lunar New Year), while a myriad of activities are poised to take place in several other localities to celebrate the holiday. Many cities and tourist attractions across the country will brim with life thanks to a slew of exciting activities during the upcoming Tet – the country’s largest holiday. This year’s Tet kicks off on February 19. Hanoi The Hanoi People’s Committee has decided six of the capital’s relics and scenic spots will be open free to visitors on Lunar New Year’s Eve and the first two days of the new year, or from February 18 to 20. The spots are Ngoc Son and Quan Thanh Temples, Tay Phuong, Thay and Huong Pagodas, and Duong Lam Ancient Village. Pyrotechnic shows are also expected to light up 30 spots in the city on Lunar New Year’s Eve. Five high-range firework shows are set to sparkle over Hoan Kiem (Sword) … [Read more...]

HCMC fells another tree for concrete advance

The felling of old trees to make way for urban development has continued to take its toll on Ton Duc Thang Street in Ho Chi Minh City with the fourth tree getting the ax Thursday. Workers from the HCMC Tree and Park Company trimmed branches before sawing down a tree of more than 12 meters tall and around 70 centimeters in diameter in front of Ba Son Shipyard, Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper reported. The tree is the fourth felled on the street in two months, to give space to the country’s first metro line and the Thu Thiem 2 Bridge between districts 1 and 2. District 2 is already connected to the city downtown by the Saigon River Tunnel and Thu Thiem 1 Bridge that runs to Binh Thanh District. But the city has decided they should have another connection at the expense of Ton Duc Thang, considered one of the most beautiful boulevards in Vietnam’s southern metropolis thanks to its massive canopy of trees. The HCMC Department of Transport licensed the logging. The first two … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 6/12

4,000-year-old bones discovered in Ha Tinh Archaeologists have uncovered stone implements, pottery and human and animal bones and teeth, including rhinoceros feet, dating back four millennia in the central province of Ha Tinh, in a find hailed as giving new insights into Vietnam's post-stone-age culture. The team from Ha Tinh Museum undertook the dig from November 21 to December 1 and found, at a depth of two metres, an archaeological trove that included a human skeleton dated as being 4,000 years old. The bones showed signs of having been burned. Archaeologists have been excavating the Thach Lac site for many years and have recovered numerous items, including a stone axe, ceramic jewellery, and animal bones. In 2004, they found an ancient tomb. Nguyen Tri Son, head of Ha Tinh Museum, said excavation would continue. "I'm sure more items will be found, and they will tell us more about our post-stone age," he said. Jennifer Pham selected to emcee Miss Vietnam finale The head of the … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 1/12

German electronic band arrives in Vietnam German electronic music band Stabil Elite will have four performances in Hanoi, Danang and HCMC from Dec. 2 to 6, as part of its Southeast Asian tour. The band will have performances at Youth Theater in Hanoi on Dec. 2, at Danang University on Dec. 3, Bach Viet College in HCMC’s Go Vap District on Dec. 5 and at Ben Thanh Theater in HCMC’s District 1 on Dec. 6. There are also meetings and workshops between the band and local audiences and especially, a session to instruct local youth on how to compose electronic music on an iPad. The band from Düsseldorf, Germany consists of vocalist/organist/producer Lukas Croon, guitarist Martin Sonnensberger, organist/vocalist/producer Nikolai Szymanski, drummer Lukas Heerich and bassist Timo Hein. They have been winners of numerous electronic music awards in Germany. Their music is a combination of sounds from guitar, bass, drum, sound mixture set, three-string sitar, xylophone and … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 20/11

HCM City bustling with year-end fashion shows Nguyen Cong Tri - one of 100 well-known contemporary designers will open the Vietnam International Fashion Week 2014 with a performance featuring his latest designs on December 1. The 6-day fashion week will present to fashionista 17 performances of global fashion brands, including Antonio Grimaldi of Italia; On Aura Tout Vu, Defined Moment, andAtelier Chardon Savard of France; ISSUE of Thailand; Frederick Lee from Singapore; Tsolo Munkh from Mongolia;Somarta of Japan and Song Zio of the South Korea; along with local brands by designers Nguyen Cong Tri, Hoang Hai, Adrian Anh Tuan, Le Thanh Hoa, Chung Thanh Phong, Hoang Minh Ha, Ly Giam Tien and Li Lam. The show will also be taken place at the Gem Convention Centre in District 1 from December 1 to 6. Co-hosted by FIDe Fashion Weeks and Multimedia Joint Stock Company, it is supported by the ACF and French fashion school Atelier Chardon Savard. The closing ceremony of the event will be … [Read more...]

HCMC transport dept. asked to eliminate flood-prone areas next year

The Ho Chi Minh City Transport Department must eliminate all areas vulnerable to inundation within the next year, the city People's Committee Vice Chairman, Nguyen Huu Tin, directed Tuesday. >> Saigonese struggle with severe flooding after rain, again (photos) >> Rising river severely floods Vietnam's southern hub (photos) >> HCMC flooded by rain for 4th day in row The vice chairman gave the order at a meeting with the transport department and other relevant agencies to discuss urgent solutions to the city's ongoing flooding issues. "No matter what you say, all of the flood-prone areas must be eliminated next year," Tin said, in response to the difference in the numbers of such areas reported by the department and the Anti-Flooding Program Operation Center. The department raised the number to 27, while the center affirmed that the figure is only 11. The city has 58 flooded areas in 2011, a figure that was recently reduced to 11 and will be completely eliminated in 2015, … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 8/10

British dance ensemble to brighten Vietnam stages Two stunning contemporary dance productions "Without Stars" and "There We Have Been" inspired by Haruki Murakami's novel Norwegian Wood are set to light up Vietnam stages this October. James Cousins and his dancers will hit the Youth Theatre in Hanoi for a one-night-only show on October 22 and the IDECAF stage in Ho Chi Minh City on October 25-25. A graduate of the London Contemporary Dance School, James Cousins founded his dance company in 2012 along with creative producer Francesca Moseley. Also in 2012, he was the recipient of the inaugural Matthew Bourne's New Adventures Choreography Award. "Saving Every Woman, Saving Every Child" photo exhibition A photo exhibition shining the light on challenges women and girls around the globe face sponsored by the Embassy of Canada is set to take place at the Vietnamese Women's Museum in Hanoi from October 9-21. The photographs showcase images from countries where Canada's Department of … [Read more...]

Floods threaten HCM City underground structures

High tide causes flooding on Huynh Tan Phat Road, HCM City. The safety of many underground constructions, including the metro and parking lot are threatened due to heavy rain and floods in the city during the past weeks. - VNA/VNS Photo Hoang Hai HCM CITY (VNS) - The safety of underground structures in HCM City has been questioned after two downpours last month flooded the basement of a luxury apartment tower in Binh Thanh District and damaged six cars while one person was found dead in the flooded basement of a building under construction in District 1. The worry comes amid plans for a series of huge underground constructions like the metro and parking lots even as the precipitation seems to be increasing significantly. But experts dismiss the worries. Following more downpours this week HCM City was flooded every day for four days from September 28, especially Districts 6, 8, and Binh Chanh. Around 170mm of rainfall fell in half an hour each time while the sewer systems can … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 30/9

Photo contest promotes VN landscapes, daily life The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and the online newspaper Vnexpress will promote Vietnam's beauty with a contest focusing on landscapes and slices of daily life, said deputy minister Vuong Duy Bien. Vietnamese people living locally or overseas can enter the contest, which ends on October 27. Participants can submit photo entries in two categories: landscapes or daily life. Photos capturing precious moments among Vietnamese people anywhere will be accepted. "The photo contest coincides with a Ministry of Culture programme to promote the country's image to the world. This is the first time the ministry has coordinated with Vietnam's leading online newspaper to hold this contest," Bien said at the launching ceremony in Hanoi on September 29. A panel of foreign jurors will judge entries based on creativity and professionalism. They will award two first-place prizes, two second-places and two third-places for each category. The … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 7/9

Artist sheds light on urban development An iron sculpture depicting urban development received first prize at the National Young Fine Arts Festival, painter and head of the jury board Le Van Suu announced yesterday at the closing ceremony. The idea for Du An Moi (New Project) occurred to artist Tran Van An when he rode his motorbike through the capital city and saw many newly inaugurated constructions as well as unfinished projects. "These constructions promise to bring people a modern and comfortable life but at the same time, they show the consequences of urbanisation: pollution, green spaces replaced by concrete buildings and traffic jams caused by half-done construction," the artist from the northern province of Nam Dinh said. Held at the Vet Nam University of Fine Arts, the festival featured 112 artworks created by 100 young artists from 19 provinces and cities. Launched for the first time in 2007, the triennial festival aims to find young artists and develop the country's … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 25/8

Veteran composer Xuan Giao dies at age 82 Noted composer Xuan Giao, famous for popular songs made during the American war in Viet Nam, has passed away following a series of strokes and a serious gall bladder disease. He was 82. Giao was born in the northern province of Hung Yen in 1932 and grew up in the northern coastal city of Hai Phong. He began his career in music as a bass-voiced singer in the Music and Dance Troupe of the General Politics Department. He has composed a number of children's songs such as Em Mo Gap Bac Ho (I Dream to Meet Uncle Ho) and Chau Yeu Ba (I Love Grandma), as well as songs composed for young volunteers during the war against the US such as Co Gai Mo Duong (Volunteer Building Road Women) and Chao Song Ma Anh Hung (Hello Brave Residents by Ma River). The wake is to take place tomorrow at the National Funeral House at 5 Tran Thanh Tong Street. Vietnamese writer leaves lasting legacy Well-known Vietnamese writer Anh Duc died on Thursday in HCM City aged … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 31/7

Famous French chef to demonstrate skills in Vietnam Christian Le Squer, a 3-star Michelin Chef, will arrive in Hanoi on August 3 at the invitation of Vietnam Sturgeon Group, a leader in the field of Sturgeon aquaculture development in Vietnam. Chef Squer is scheduled to attend a number of culinary demonstrations aimed at promoting sturgeon - a rare fish species in Vietnam. He will also attend a gala dinner Caviar de Duc at JW Marriott hotel in Hanoi and Sofitel Plaza Saigon in Ho Chi Minh City on August 5 and 9, respectively. On August 6, the French chef and Vietnamese singer Thanh Lam will visit Da Mi hydropower reservoir of the Vietnam Sturgeon Group and cook for guests at the Ana Mandara resort in Da Lat. He will also attend an opening ceremony of Icebar Dom Beluga Caviar in Nha Trang on August 8. Born in 1962, Christian Le Squer enjoys the status as one of France's temple of haute cuisines. He has won the Michelin's highest accolade and successfully secured the title for over … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 25/7

The Aristocrats tour to stop in HCM City As part of their "Culture Clash" Asian tour, US rock band Aristocrats will perform at a live concert in HCM City on August 13. The band, made up of guitarist Guthrie Govan, bassist Bryan Beller, and drummer Narci Minnermann, will play instrumental rock and jazz fusion. The show will begin at 8 pm at the HCM City Music Centre, 57 Cao Thang Street, District 3. Tickets costing VND500,000-1 million are available at the venue. HCM City awaits South Korean girl band Famous South Korean girl group 2NE1 will perform in HCM City on August 10 as part of its "All or Nothing" - 2014 World Tour. The four-member band, consisting of CL, Park Boom, Dara, and Minzy, will perform songs from their latest album Come Back Home, which was released early this year, and latest singles like Missing You and Falling in Love. Two world-renowned directors Travis Payne and Stacy Walker are set to join the girl band's tour. The concert will take place at 6pm at Phu … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News Headlines 26/6

Vietnamese photo and writing contest invites entries All Vietnamese people and foreigners of all ages and occupations are invited to participate in a photo and writing contest about their feelings for Viet Nam's people and natural landscape. The contest has been jointly organised by Tuoi Tre (Youth) daily newspaper and Saigontourist, one of the country's largest tourism agencies, to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Sai Gon liberation which took place on April 30, 1975. Entitled Tan Huong Ban Sac Viet (Enjoy the Vietnamese Identity), the contest's themes are about beautiful moments which depict the beauty of nature, daily life and traditional customs, festivals, local gastronomy and the hospitality of the Vietnamese people across the country. In the writing category, the contest welcomes new ideas as well as descriptions of personal experiences of experts and tourists about tourism products, local culture and cuisine. All written entries should be submitted by October 31, … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News Headlines 16/6

VN art on display in London An exhibition of Vietnamese paintings belonging to US collector Raquelle Azran was displayed at the Affordable Art Fair in London. When Azran arrived in Viet Nam for the first time in 1991, she quickly fell in love with the country's contemporary art and began building her collection. Since then, she has gathered hundreds of paintings by many famous Vietnamese artists, including Nguyen Tu Nghiem, Phung Pham, Phan Cam Thuong, Vu Dinh Tuan, and Dinh Thi Tham Poong, as she became one of the first to bring Vietnamese art to the United States. The collection was first seen by the British people in 2002. In recent years, Azran brought her collection to other countries, including Belgium, Germany, Israel, the US and Singapore. Up to 113 galleries from the UK, Spain, Italy, the Netherlands, and the US showcased paintings, photos and sculptures at this year's four-day Affordable Art Fair, which closed yesterday. Ancient pagoda traces in Ha Giang The Institute … [Read more...]

Italian found dead in Ho Chi Minh City apartment

An Italian man was found dead in the Dat Xanh apartment building in Ho Chi Minh City's Thu Duc District on April 22. PHOTO COURTESY OF DAN TRI An Italian man apparently hung himself to death in his 14th floor Ho Chi Minh City apartment on Tuesday, police said. Fabio Vignati, 39, who worked as a language teacher for schools in Thu Duc District, was found dead at the Dat Xanh apartment building on Cay Keo Street in Thu Duc District at around 10:30 p.m. Newswire Dan Tri reported that Vignati's girlfriend rushed to the building and informed security guards that she had just received a text message from her boyfriend saying he would commit suicide. The woman and the guards ran upstairs to Vignati's apartment but it was locked from the inside. The guards broke down the door and found the Italian man dead. A security guard at the scene told Thanh Nien that Vignati had frequently quarreled with a foreign woman prior to the incident. The man's body was then brought to a hospital for a … [Read more...]

Social News Headlines 23/4

Family of Vietnamese in ferry tragedy arrives in RoK Family members of 29-year-old Vietnamese Phan Ngoc Thanh, who was on board the capsized vessel off the Republic of Korea's southwestern coast on April 16, have arrived in the RoK to wait for new information about her fate. Born in the southernmost province of Ca Mau, Thanh got married and naturalised in the RoK last July under the name "Han Yun Ji", with two children. She and her husband and son onboard the vessel are still unaccounted for while her five-year-old girl Kwon Ji-yeon was saved as the youngest passenger from the disaster. Thanh's father Phan Van Chay and her sister Phan Ngoc Hanh flew to the RoK on April 19 evening, with the assistance from the Vietnamese Embassy and the RoK's Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Family and Gender Equality. They relatives met with Kwon Ji-yeon and were taken to Chindo district where the center overseeing the rescue operation of the capsized Seawol ferry is located. Chay said his … [Read more...]